I remember New Year’s Eve, five years ago. My husband and I had just moved to Washington from Oklahoma a few months prior, it was bone-chilling cold and we were walking to a friend’s house. We played poker (which I didn’t know how to play and still don’t because maybe… there was a little too much drinking involved) and drank Disaronno and Coke (which I’d never had before, and, is delicious).
We stayed out until way past two in the morning and then staggered our way down the street to our house. I slept in until noon, drank coffee to clear my alcohol-saturated brain and took my dogs for a long walk. I probably took a nap somewhere in there and read a book. It sounds relaxing, right? Relaxing and quiet.
Fast forward to this New Year’s: We went to my mom’s house and played games while eight children ran up and down the halls (two of which are mine). The sweet noise of children screaming, chasing each other, crying, whining, tattling on each other, fighting over who gets the blue crayon and who gets the bigger piece of pizza filled the air. In between the tantrums, melt-downs and the carrying on, if you listened closely, sometimes you got lucky and you could hear the beautiful tinkering of their laughter. Ah, yes. That…right there…is one of my most favorite sounds in the world.
As the whining and tears escalated and the laughter dissipated, we decided it was time to pack up and go home. Was it 10:30? Why yes, yes it was. I know…we are party animals…what of it?
Just for the sake of posterity, we decided to go all out…and wait for it…stayed up until 11 PM so we could watch the ball drop in New York. My husband gave me a quick kiss before we scooped up the kids and dashed to the car.
This morning I got up at 6am, not by choice, but because my daughter jumped on top of me and said in perfect dramatic fashion, “The sky’s awake! So I’m awake! So we have to try on dresses! (The kid changes literally, at least 5 times a day). And even though I was exhausted because I’d only gotten five hours of asleep, not to mention that I haven’t gotten a decent night’s sleep since December 18th when we started traveling, I smiled and got up with her.
It doesn’t sound relaxing does it? And it definitely doesn’t sound quiet, right? And it certainly sounds different from my New Year’s Eve five years ago…BUT, I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Every day I am thankful and grateful for my healthy, beautiful children, my wonderful husband who works so hard for us and this family we have created.
What are you grateful for? Comment below and tell me! I’d love to hear it!
CHALLENGE: I challenge you to keep a gratitude journal! Every day, for the month of January, write down at least one thing you are grateful for. You can write it, draw it, or cut out magazine pictures and glue them in there. It doesn’t matter…make it your own! You will be amazed how this one SMALL activity can make a HUGE difference in your attitude and mood.
DID YOU KNOW: Studies have shown that happy people practice the habit of being grateful – that means that being grateful, genuinely grateful, is linked to happiness, a decrease in depression, an increase in positive attitude, and an overall appreciation of life and what’s in it. Try it today!
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